Blues fail in Manchester

LONDON - Carlos Tevez did his old side Manchester United a favour by scoring the winner for Manchester City against Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday.

LONDON - Carlos Tevez did his old side Manchester United a favour by scoring the winner for Manchester City against Chelsea in the English Premier League on Saturday.

City's 2-1 win, which followed a run of seven straight league draws, cut fellow big-spenders Chelsea's lead over second-placed United, the reigning champions, to just two points.

Chelsea, knocked out of the League Cup in a shoot-out on Wednesday by Blackburn, suffered further penalty misery when, at 2-1 down with eight minutes left, England midfielder Frank Lampard saw his spot-kick saved by Shay Given.

Given said: "We have only lost one game all season, and that was very late (against Manchester United) at Old Trafford, so I think we are doing all right."

Chelsea took an eighth-minute lead at a rain-drenched Eastlands when, from a debatable corner, the ball eventually fell to Nicolas Anelka, whose shot was saved by Given only for the rebound to hit Emmanuel Adebayor and go in for an own-goal.

But Adebayor scored at the right end seven minutes before half-time when he struck from close range although Chelsea were convinced Micah Richards had handled in the build-up.

Argentina striker Tevez then delighted both Manchester clubs by firing in a 56th-minute free-kick that wrong-footed Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.

United had earlier kept the pressure on with a 4-0 victory at West Ham.

Basement club Portsmouth won only their third game this season at home to Burnley 2-0, while Arsenal won 2-0 at Stoke.

Liverpool played to a goalless draw away to Blackburn, while Aston Villa beat Hull 3-0 at home.

Birmingham overcame Wigan 3-2, while Wolves defeated strugglers Bolton 2-1. - Sapa-AFP

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